10 Best Beaches for People Watching & Partying

Reading your book with your sunglasses on, or are you really scoping/admiring the people frolicking in the sea in front of you? I suspect we’ve all done this at some stage. So where are the best beaches in South America for people watching? Where do all the trendy, beautiful Latin locals spend there beach holidays?  Where can you go partying with them? Read the rest of this entry »

Brazil’s Best Beaches

So where are the best beaches in Brazil?  The Brazilians love to argue about it. Having spent over a month exploring Brazil’s coast last year, here’s my opinion. Read the rest of this entry »

Avoiding High Altitude Sickness

Much of the Andes are very high in altitude, and if you’ve not acclimatized, it’s likely that you will be affected by altitude sickness. Here follows some tips on how to avoid high altitude sickness, as well as advice on treatment and remedies. Read the rest of this entry »

10 Ways to avoid Crime & Scams

It’s easy to be overly paranoid about crime and scam artists when visiting Latin America. Here’s some tips to make your trip a little bit safer. Read the rest of this entry »

Things to do in Buenos Aires

An article offering useful advice about things to do in Buenos Aires. What are the best districts to visit? Read the rest of this entry »

Romantic Destinations - Best Places to Honeymoon

Here’s a selection of personal recommendations for the best places to honeymoon in Latin / South America.  I suggest various romantic islands and regions with wonderful, peaceful beaches, in addition to the top romantic cities and the best outdoor activity destinations in the region.  In this article I’ll focus on the best places to honeymoon, and offer suggestions of nearby other places that would make a suitable combination.  I hope you get some great ideas for destinations to visit - happy honeymoon planning….. Read the rest of this entry »

Getting Off The Beaten Track - But Where?

For years Latin America has been a popular backpacking destination, with hordes of young backpackers travelling to the same places, along the same routes, staying in the same hostels.  How, and where, can one get off this “Gringo Trail”, whose photos, stories and tales are almost invariably very similar? Here’s some country by country suggestions for getting off the beaten track in Latin America. Read the rest of this entry »

Travelling by Train

Train travel is often a mode of travel ignored by visitors to Latin America, who normally get about by bus or plane.  This is a shame - there’s plenty of useful train routes, and it’s often a comfortable and exciting way to travel overland.  Plus, you don’t have to put your life in the hands of a lunatic bus driver who enjoys overtaking other vehicles on blind bends (an all too common problem in most countries).  So here’s some tips on travelling by train in Central and South America.  Read the rest of this entry »

Getting Value For Your Money & Where to Visit

A strong dollar (& Euro) and a recent weakening of many Latin American currencies means it’s a good time to visit the region. But where should you head for the best value for money in general, and more specifically right now? Read the rest of this entry »

How safe for a solo female traveller?

One of the most commonly asked questions I see posted on travel forums is along the lines of “How safe is it for a solo female traveller to visit X?”  Here I’ll try to comprehensively answer that question, as well as offering some safety tips for solo travellers and advising on the few regions that it’s best not to venture to. Read the rest of this entry »